Cross for Mom

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Project by AcidentalCarpenter posted 12-26-2017 02:18 PM 666 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure why the pictures are sideways. Even less sure of how to fix it.
I just finished my first semester of woodworking and carpentry (classes I never meant to take but that’s a different story) and this cross for my mom was one of my last projects before winter break. So far the best part of woodworking is the Christmas gift opportunities. It’s made out of white pine, some old mahogany cutoffs my grandad sent me, and some construction grade cedar I begged off a classmate who was cutting up a deck post.
The circle piece was cut out of my first attempt at the lid for a large box/small side table I made. Getting all of the pieces square and glued up was the hardest thing I have ever done. (It ended up taking 3 attempts and a trip back to the hardware store, but you can hear more about that when I stain and post the box.) This attempt looked nice but was slightly out of square. I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so naturally I cut a circle out of it and thats how I came up with this design for a cross.
As a classmate pointed out, I should’ve used a lap joint for the arms. Lesson learned, it was a bear to clamp those two pieces so they lined up perfectly. I also spent a long time agonizing over the proper ratios for everything. Ended up eyeballing it and still not sure I’m completely satisfied, but it’s too late now.
I just hope she likes it! She has been working for years now on becoming a pastor, but she’s been preaching to me my whole life. Merry Christmas all!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-25-2018 04:59 PM

Nice work on the cross.
If the photo was taken with a phone, that is why it is sideways. I don’t know how to fix it either.


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